In light of it recently being Father’s Day, the Smithsonian magazine sent out an article entitled “10 Things We’ve Learned About Dads” by Randy Rieland. It was an interesting article but it was the very first point that grabbed my attention.
According to the article, “dads who want their daughters to aspire to prestigious careers should make a point of handling more chores around the house. That’s the suggestion of a study published in the journal Psychological Science, which concluded that when a father helps out a lot at home, his daughters are more likely to break out of the mold of traditionally female jobs and instead seek more high-powered careers. Researchers at the University of British Columbia said they found that girls raised in homes where chores were shared evenly between both parents tended to have broader career goals.”
While I always feel my husband could be doing more to help out around the house, perhaps if we believe what the article espouses, he really is doing enough . . . You see, our daughter aspires to becoming an international lawyer in The Hague. LOL!
As a homeschooling family, we have always felt that our children needed the influence of both parents. After all, it wasn’t until the industrial revolution that dad spent many hours away from his home.
Point number 6 on Rieland’s list states that a longitudinal study by scientists in Australia suggests that young sons of fathers who typically work more than 55 hour per week were more likely to exhibit aggressive and bad behavior. This is a significant finding that has huge consequences for our society. There appeared to have no impact on female children. I find this hard to believe!
I know our kids always felt more safe and relaxed when dad was home – the family unit was whole and complete.
Dads obviously have an impact on their children and their well being. But just how much?
Earlier today I had a chance to listen to a great podcast, Sci Fri hosted by Ira Flatow that expanded on the subject. His guest was Paul Raeburn, author of a new book by called, “Do Fathers Matter?: What science is telling us about the parent we overlooked.”
Raeburn talked about how the role of the father is distinctly different from that of the mother which I have seen is the case in my own family. It sounds like an excellent book that I think all families and prospective parents should read.